Happy Monday, my friends. I hope that your Christmas was wonderful! Ours was very sweet—there are so many moments from the days leading up to Christmas that I don't want to forget, so I thought I'd share them here to have them to look back on in coming years. I pray that my words always point you to Jesus. For today's post, I am linking up with Tanya from The Other Side of the Road.
These pictures are of my oldest son's truck. Graham received these pictures for Christmas from his Mimi and Papa, then he added one more frame with some more pictures. I love how much he loves his truck and I thought it would be a great gift idea to forever memorialize the way it looked when he was twenty one. We all know how fast these years go by and how quickly things can change and honestly, I wish that Todd and I had done this with our old vehicles and homes we've lived in. You know it's a good gift when someone either wears something you've bought them immediately or when Graham came home to hang these the night he got them.
Noah is our youngest son, two minutes younger than his twin brother Jonah. I never want to forget the miracle that this car was this Christmas. Because of the fact that they're twins, Jonah and Noah have been sharing a vehicle since they turned sixteen. My dad-in-love Wiley let them use his truck that whole first year that they drove and right after the quarantine, he let them have the truck fully as theirs. Jonah set about making it his own because they knew that someday Noah hoped to have a car and the truck would belong to Jonah. (All our sons have always wanted or had trucks—though Graham's first vehicle was a Bronco from the eighties—except for Noah and he has always wanted a car.)
Fast forward to Wednesday, December 16. A friend of Todd's shared on social media that he needed to sell this car quickly. Todd told him he wanted first dibs, that he wanted to see it in person and test drive it, but that he was very interested. The next night was Thursday and when I came home from having been with my dad, the couple this car belonged to were here and talking. It was really cold that day, so while Todd and Noah took it for a drive, I invited them inside. They ended up staying for dinner because all the boys went out and we had such a sweet time of dinner and getting to know them. It's a young married couple who are having a baby soon and they needed to make room for the bigger vehicle they had to buy. We told them we definitely wanted this car and they left it here for us that night. Now that the insurance and tags have been taken care of, it's officially our seventh vehicle that we keep here at our house. (Six people, six vehicles and one work van that Graham drives.) So, welcome to the Goodwin Family used car lot and welcome to this little silver bullet that Noah drives now. It's a 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse and is in excellent condition and we got it for an unbelievable price.
Needless to say, Christmas came early for Noah and he has been happy as a clam. I still get so excited for him, when I know that this beautiful car is his. I love that he's his own person and that as the tallest person in our family he now drives the smallest car. I don't know how he folds up into this thing, but I'll say this: it's fun to drive! It takes me back to my high school days when I had a Mazda MX-6—I also called my old car the silver bullet.
It's funny how that when you first become a parent, you no longer care about receiving gifts. I felt like it was my own personaly Christmas present that night, as it all became official. I could never want anything more than for my boys to love and serve the Lord Jesus with all their hearts, minds and strength and to know they're content and thankful.
I never want to forget this night, the day I turned forty-four years young. All I wanted for my birthday was a good dinner and some pictures with my guys. It's my best and favorite birthday yet.
Like I said earlier and say often, quality time is my love language and I never want to forget time spent with the people who are most important in my life. Our families are one of God's sweetest gifts to me.